The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the verge of naming their new head coach this week, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch today. It should culminate a weeks-long search that started April 15, when the workforce announced they fired previous head coach Brad Larsen after ending final within the Japanese Convention.
One identify that has been gaining traction within the rumor mill is former NHL participant and coach Patrick Roy. The extremely completed netminder, who loved an up-and-down teaching stint with the Colorado Avalanche within the mid-2010s, has reportedly been interviewed for the Blue Jackets’ teaching place, per Hedger. Nevertheless, it’s value noting that Sergei Fedorov, one other outstanding former participant associated with the franchise in recent reports, was not interviewed for the job, Hedger mentioned.
Roy was final severely linked to an NHL job in 2019, as he was a leading contender for the Ottawa Senators’ vacancy. Noise has by no means actually gone away a few potential NHL return, although, and he’s presently teaching his Québec Remparts of the QMJHL within the Memorial Cup.
To start his three-season spell with Colorado, Roy demanded a big front-office function, assuming the place of Vice President of Hockey Operations along with his head teaching duties. Nevertheless, after only one playoff look in three years, Roy abruptly resigned a month earlier than coaching camp in 2016-17, citing the team’s failure to act upon his roster recommendations as the first motive for his departure.
Given Roy’s previous calls for for an expanded function and subsequent fallout with the Avalanche, it stays to be seen if the Blue Jackets’ administration could be receptive to his aspirations for a twin place or if Roy could be keen to relinquish some duty. Mike Babcock, Peter Laviolette, and Pascal Vincent are different names linked to Columbus all through their teaching search.